Simple Holiday Decor – Deck the Halls Blog Hop

I would be lying if I told you I love winter. In fact, I feel the opposite. However, I do love the holidays, the extra time I get to spend with family, ALL THE FOOD, baking, and the first snow fall. ONLY the first one though. πŸ˜‚

This year I decided to take a more simple approach with our holiday decor. I used a lot of items we already had on hand which made the hubby happy. That’s a win, win my friends! Honestly, I wanted to make this year and really every year moving forward about giving back. I want my children to know that Christmas is not about getting gifts, but about giving back.

Enough with the talk, right? Right!


The Sitting Room

Shop The Entryway & Sitting Room

Dining Room

After photographing the dining room I decided to add napkins, then decided no. πŸ˜‚ But I did get the cutest shot of baby K trying to blow out the candles as he said, “oh, no!”

Shop the Dining Room


Do you see that light fixture? πŸ‘†πŸΌWe just had that put in and I am loving it! Way better than the old outdated ceiling fan for sure. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Shop the Kitchen

Well friends, that’s a wrap! I hope you found my post inspiring to start decorating for the holidays.Β Make sure to check out the other talented bloggers I teamed up with below. Click on any one of the pictures below to be directly taken to that bloggers site.



DIY Holiday Embroidery Hoop Wreaths

Wreath making is one of my favorite DIY projects to do. They are an easy way to decorate a space. Don’t you agree? Last winter is when I attempted my first embroidery hoop wreath and it was crazy easy! CLICK HERE for the details on that wreath. So I decided to attempt some holiday inspired embroidery hoops for the upcoming season.

For this post I made three simple designs using cedar clippings, and honestly I love them all. 😍 Bonus, I made all three in less than 30 minutes! Crazy fast, right?

I have made several wreaths using various types of greenery, but the greenery that has stood the test of time is cedar. The cedar wreaths I made last year lasted about a month before drying out. That’s a long time when your house has no moisture in the air. However, my florist told me to spray the cedar with a water bottle and that should prolong the life of the wreath. I hope that works!

Last year I made a flimsy cedar wreath (shown below) that I absolutely loved and I definitely intend to make one again, but for this post I used embroidery hoops as my base. If you want the details on the wreath I made last year CLICK HERE.

Below are the three designs I will cover in this post. 🌲

First things first, gather the materials. Please note, for the small wreath I used a 7″ embroidery hoop and for the large wreaths I used a 12″ hoop, but honestly you can use whatever size you want.

Large Hoop Wreath Materials

6 – 8″ cedar clippings
Floral wire
1 – 12″ embroidery hoop

Small Hoop Wreath Materials

2 – 8″ cedar clippings
Floral wire
1 – 7″ embroidery hoop


Christmas tree candles
Clip on candle holders
Cow Bells

Once you have all your supplies gathered follow the below instructions. Please note, the instructions apply to both wreath sizes.

Step 1: Cut the cedar clippings.

Tip: If you don’t have easy access to any cedar trees, try calling your local florist. That’s how I get mine. 😊

Step 2: Take one of the cedar clippings and place it on the inside of the hoop.

Step 3: Secure the cedar clipping to the inside of the hoop with the floral wire.

For the small wreath, wrap a piece of wire, starting the wire in the center of the cedar clipping.

For the large wreath, wrap a piece of wire starting the wire about an inch from the end of the cedar clipping (shown below).

Tip: I recommend wrapping the wire at least 3 times around and pulling the wire while wrapping to make sure the wire is tight.

Step 4: Take a second cedar clipping and place it alongside the first one. Then repeat step 3.

If you are making the small wreath, you’re done! Just attach the clip on candle holder to the hoop and secure the candle to the candle holder. Then hang your new wreath!

I purchased the candle clips and candles from Amazon a few weeks ago, as I plan to clip them to our Christmas tree this year. 🌲Aren’t they cute?

 CLICK HERE for details on the Christmas tree candles and CLICK HERE for details on the clip on candle holders.

If you are making the large hoop wreath continue with the following instructions. 

Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 on the opposite side of the hoop, but do not let the ends of the cedar clippings touch. You’ll need about an inch of room for the candle clip or cow bell. The clip on candle holder will not clip to the hoop correctly if not. The space left for the candle clip/cow bell becomes the center of the wreath.

Step 6: To hide the wire I added a cedar clipping to each side on the outside of the hoop. For extra security I wrapped the floral wire on both ends of the outside cedar clipping.

Step 7: “Fluff” the cedar clippings after all pieces are secured to the hoop to make the pieces lay as desired.

Step 8: Add the accessories and hang your wreath!

For the candle wreath, clip the clip-on candle holder in the center of the hoop.

For the cow bell wreath, tie the cow bell to the center of the hoop using a piece of twine. My inspiration for this wreath came from Chip & Joanna’s new Hearth & Hand line at Target. 😍 Once I saw that wreath I knew I wanted to recreate it.

The cow bells were actually part of a door hanger I found at Michaels last year for $5.  I couldn’t find the exact same door hanger, but it looked something like this.


I cut the bells off the door hanger and voila!

And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. If you have any questions or need clarification please comment below or message me on Instagram @acarriedaffairdesigns

Until next time. Xo

Simple NYE Party Ideas for Kids

Back in the day I use to get all dressed up and would have a night out on the town for NYE, but these days not so much. With having two boys, I like to spend NYE with them. And let’s be honest, I love my sweats and yoga pants too much. πŸ˜‚ I love to make all the little things extra special, but on a budget. I will go all out for Christmas, but I really don’t like to spend money on temporary items, such as New Year’s Eve decor. 

So this year I made everything for NYE with items I already had on hand. Like a simple glitzy garland using leftover wrapping paper and cookies from friends and coworkers that we were given for Christmas.

I spent less than an hour putting everything together. See, simple! So if you have an hour to spare let’s do this!

DIY Glitzy Garland


  • Wrapping paper
  • Twine or string
  • 2 inch circle hole punch
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut a clean line down the end of the wrapping paper.

Step 2: Take the 2″ circle hole punch and line it up with the wrapping paper & punch the holes all the way down the wrapping paper until you get to the other end.

Step 3: Using the scissors, cut another clean line down the wrapping paper removing the excess from where you used the hole punch.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 & 3 until you have the desired amount of circles.

Step 5: Lay the twine or string flat and tape one circle at a time to the twine or string.

Tip: I applied the first cut out about 2 inches in & spaced the cut outs approximately 2 inches apart.

Step 6: Once you are done applying the cut outs, cut the end of the twine or string removing the excess.

Hang your garland and your done! I hung the garland on our large chalkboard with a quote I found fitting for NYE.

Next the sweet treats. Again, because I wasn’t trying to put a ton of effort into this, I decided to serve milk in champagne flutes with sprinkles around the rim. My oldest calls them fancy {fann-cee} glasses. πŸ˜‚

To add a sprinkle rim to your glasses follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Get two bowls.

Step 2: Fill one bowl with about an inch of water and put the sprinkles in the other bowl.

Step 3: Dip the rim of the glass into the bowl with water, then gently dip it into the bowl with sprinkles.

Step 4: Repeat step 3 until all the glasses are finished!

Step 5: Add the milk!

Tip: To ensure I didn’t mess up the sprinkles around the rim when adding the milk, I used a silicone funnel.

Lay out some cookies (we all know you have tons of cookies from Christmas) with the milk and let the kids enjoy as you bring in the New Year together!

Like I said, easy peasy and the kids will love it!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you leave here inspired and wish you and your family a Happy New Year! The best is yet to come. Xoxo

For more NYE inspiration for kids head on over to my friend Erica’s blog! Click here.

Homemade Holiday Potpourri

I have made this homemade potpourri for the past few years and I love the natural aroma so much that I want to share it with you. It is very potent and makes the whole house smell wonderful!

To make the potpourri you will need these ingredients.


2 oranges (sliced)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 small bag of fresh cranberries
3 sprigs of rosemary
1 tbsp of vanilla extract

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients let’s do this!

Step 1: Slice the oranges.

Step 2: Put all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and fill with water until completely covering the contents.

Step 3: Turn the burner on to medium heat. Once it starts to simmer turn the burner to low and let it simmer as long as you’d like, stirring it occasionally.

Step 4: Enjoy the sweet smell that fills your home. 😍

You will be able to smell the potpourri within an hour. It makes the whole house smell amazing! ❀️

That’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed my post. Until next time. Xo